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4 March 2013

Do you ever hear a song during the weekend that you just can’t get out of your head? Enter “When the Lights Go Out” by electronic collective Bombs and Bottles. Hailing from New York, BnB is exactly what we want to listen to right now. Whether you’re running on the treadmill or dancing your heart out on a Saturday night, you won’t be able to stop moving to the beat. We sat down with BnB front man Harrison Zafrin to talk about what’s next for the band and what childhood classics made an impact on his love of music.

How did you come up with the name for Bombs & Bottles?

I personally did not come up with the name. However, when we decided as a collective that Bombs and Bottles would begin to exist, we were looking for something that represented what BnB was about while being catchy and easy to remember, something that had a ring to it. Seeing how BnB has evolved over the years, if we were doing it over, we probably would have went with a different name.

How did you start making music?

I was about 14 or 15 when I discovered Sony Acid. From there, I began building songs out of loop kits and for a while that’s how I thought music was made – on the computer. Eventually, I discovered Propellerhead’s Reason and haven’t looked back since.

Who are your musical influences?

I’m really inspired by everything I listen to. However, what inspires me the most are the tracks that have a vibe that takes you “into” the song. For example, I was listening to Perfume Genius the other day on the train. That album just puts you into another world while you listen to it, like you’re part of the albums story. Awesome record.

What’s on repeat on your iPod right now?

I run a pretty tight iPod ship and it changes from week to week. These may sound like weird picks. However, this past week, I was really into Jamie Lidells new record, How to Destroy Angels, and then I have a playlist of hip hop songs produced by T-Minus and Mike Will. I’ve been going with those three every time I get in the car.

What’s your first music memory?

The accurate answer is Rafi and that song about bananas. HOWEVER, when I was a kid I saw Les Mis on Broadway, and it blew my mind. That’s a really early memory I have of being blown away by music.

Do you have any advice for young musicians trying to break into the industry?

Never give up and never surrender quality over quantity, and believe in yourself. Unless we’re talking about top 40 music, if you’re trying to make music, it needs to come from a “real” place. You need to believe in what you are doing because it will show in the music and people respond to genuineness because your passion will resonate with them. Don’t conform to whatever is popular right now. Just make something that speaks to you and people will gravitate towards it naturally.

What’s next for you and Bombs & Bottles?

We’ve got a new EP coming out this spring, which I’m really excited about. I’ve just been writing/producing with other artists and working on a whole bunch of stuff I wish I could talk about. I’m approaching 2013 a lot more relaxed and open, not worrying about the headaches until I really have to, and just trying to shape BnB into a more focused and mature version of itself. We recently collaborated with Marlon Gobel for his A/W 2013 runway show and put out a stripped rendition of some classic BnB tunes.

Follow Harrison on Twitter @BombsandBottles.

Photo courtesy of Bombs & Bottles